Source: Today’s Veterinary Practice

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has approved new regulations for pet food labels to enhance consumer understanding. Key changes include prominently displaying the term “complete” for balanced foods and introducing a “pet nutrition facts” box for easier comparison. This box, akin to human food labels, provides information on calories, major nutrients, and serving size.

Pet food handling and storage instructions are standardized to ensure consistency. The transition to these labels is expected over six years, with products gradually appearing in stores. Pet owners are advised to feed their pets at least 90% complete foods to ensure adequate nutrient intake. While some calculations are still needed for nutrient comparison, the new labels offer a more functional representation. Overall, these changes aim to simplify pet food choices, benefiting veterinarians, clients, and pets alike.

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